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Paul Beck

Paul Beck Paul Beck History Professor Email: paul.beck@wlc.edu Phone: 414.443.8847

Paul Beck


  • B.S., Mankato State University
  • M.S., James Madison University
  • Ph.D., Marquette University


I came to WLC in 1987. I had worked in the museum field and taught at several colleges prior to this time. My great passions have always been history and the desire to teach. History is the story of us and God’s plan for us. My main areas of interest are military history, the American Civil War and the Wild West. When not at work I enjoy war gaming, reading, and being with my family.


  • American Civil War
  • Formation of the United States, 1765-1815
  • The World War I Era
  • The World War II Era
  • Latin America
  • Native America History
  • History of Piracy
  • Wild West

Academic Interests

  • American Civil War
  • American West
  • Native American studies
  • Military history

Scholarly Works

Select Publications

Soldiers, Settlers and Sioux: Fort Ridgely and the Settlement of the Minnesota River Valley

The First Sioux War: The Grattan Fight and Blue Water Creek, 1854-1856

Inkpaduta: Dakota Leader

Columns of Vengeance: Soldiers, Sioux, and the Punitive Expeditions, 1863-1864


  • Advisor to the Student History Organization
  • Advisor to the Fencing Club
  • Society of Military Historians


  • Fencing
  • Volleyball
  • Miniature wargaming